Sunshine Award

This post has been long overdue…should have posted this last year! But better late than never. This year I have been nominated for this award by Thanks a million ewdupler for this generosity.

The rules for the Sunshine Award are as follows:

    1. Post the Sunshine Award logo.
    2. Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator.
    3. Answer the questions.
    4. Nominate ten other blogs and inform them of the nomination.

The Questions and Answers:

  • My favorite colors: Black, white, blue
  • My favorite animal:Dog
  • My favorite numbers:5, 8,19 (birth dates of my husband daughter and me)
  • My favorite non-alcoholic beverage: Apple juice
  • My favorite alcoholic beverage: Vodka with apple juice
  • Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My passions: Writing, painting, cooking and not to forget sleeping!
  • Giving or receiving gifts: both!!
  • Favorite city: Not seen enough world yet to decide this..
  • Favorite TV shows: Missing, White Collar

The Nominees:




I have been lately not very active on either of my blogs; no addition to the “Chronicles of our love story” or to “Astonishing India” , no Weekly Photo challenges, no comments on the blogs of other blogger friends……absolutely nothing. But I have a valid excuse! I am almost on the last leg of my Creative Writing course and hence I was busy writing the assignment due for submission in May 2012.

I have under this course tried writing Haiku for the first time. I would like all the blogger friends to please give their opinions and advises on these :


Bare bough longing some color

Stinging words bleed the heart dry, lifeless

Has the autumn already arrived?


The deathly pale cracked earth

Rinsed, quenched, alive and bobbing paper boats

Elixir from the heaven above


Fire, wine and white snow

The melted wax and broken bangles shard

Memory of the night before

Versatile Blogger Award

Another award!!??!! Is it true? This time Arindam Mohapatra ( has been generous enough to pass this Versatile blogger Award to me for Astonishing India. This means a lot because it shows that slowly I am making a place for my blog in the whole big world of blogo-sphere and my writing is being appreciated and I am ever so thankful to Arindam who has written a very interesting post about the blog awards.

I too am imagining myself on a blog award ceremony blowing away kisses and wiping the tears of joy just like the beauty pageantry girls “oohing and aahing” and thanking away the whole world!


As other blog awards have some rules so does this one. The rules of this award are:

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate them.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So now it is my turn to tell 7 things about me. Umm…. I guess now I can take this opportunity to list those things about me which are generally not entertained if mentioned in a resume’!! Here goes:

  1. I tend to trust anybody and everybody….
  2. And because I do that….I get hurt emotionally too often.
  3. I am bad at sugar-coating my words!
  4. Yep! I am too honest (I don’t regret that) but it sometimes turns people against me..
  5. I am a dreamer and I dream of a pure and ideal world with malice towards none.
  6. I am hopelessly in love with my husband who is the only guy I ever dated !
  7. I secretly wish to be a famous published author some day.

There I have let out all my weaknesses and there is no turning back now….. And now I have to pass on this award to all those blogs that I recently come across and the ones I have been a regular visitor to. There are many others but they have already been awarded this award. Here are some of my favorites:

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Hope Unites Globally: HUG Award

Numerous predictions and speculations have been made about the fate of world. Some say the world will end in 2012….. Will it? I HOPE not because there is so much left to achieve….

Each one of us has so many dreams for ourselves and for our kids…..Its hope which gives us strength to face the numerous challenges that life throws at us. World today is divided over religion, color, beliefs, territory, caste, financial status and what not. The only thing that is common in people world over is Hope. Hope to have love, success, fame, happiness and peace. Yes, Hope does unite all of us globally!!

I have hopes to provide a secure and happy future for my daughter, to grow old and walk hand in hand with my beloved husband, to look after the needs of my aging parents and of course to be read and appreciated!!


Thanks to Connie Wayne ( and the Island Traveler( ) who generously gifted this award to me and made my hopes of being read and appreciated a reality. Such appreciation inspires people to spread love and hope to others too….

So, what exactly is this HUG award?


This award is for all those who desire to spread Hopes for Love, Freedom, Peace, Equality, Unity, Joy, Happiness, Compassion, Mercy, Faith, Wholeness,Wellness, Prosperity and Oneness through their words or actions.

And the rules that go with the nominations:

1.  If you receive a HUG Award©, you may nominate others who also meet the guidelines for the award.

2.  Nominees may only receive the HUG Award© one time.

3.  You may nominate as many people, websites, or blogs as you want to nominate to receive the award.

4. Upon receipt of the award, you nominate at least one other person.  The award is also not time limited, so you can nominate new people or sites you encounter in the future.

5. You contact your nominees and tell them that you have nominated them for the  HUG Award©.  AND…

6.  Please link this page:  When you contact your nominees for the award, please include a link to this page, they will have the same information you received about the award.  Then, they also can perpetuate the award by nominating others.  AND…

7.  Please post a comment on this page at 

8.  You may print a copy of the HUG Award© Guidelines for people you nominate, who do not have a website, blog, or social media account to which they can paste award and Guidelines.  If they have email, you may email them a copy of the original HUG Award© and original Hug Award©Guidelines.

Please visit for more details.

And for those who receive this award; keep up the good word! Thanks for making this world a better place and keeping HOPE afloat! My hugs go to:

and many more but the Island Traveler( given almost the same list!I would like to agree with him there and give a hug back. Thanks!!

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I am posting every week in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.


Shoma Abhyankar